Sir Alex Ferguson has had a coloured history with the media. It’s been years since he last took an interview with the BBC, while he has regularly banished reporters from press conferences if they’ve had the audacity to ask a difficult question. Therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that the Scot has had his fill of the newshounds after his comments regarding Chelsea were allegedly taken out of context.
The Guardian reports that Fergie is well and truly fed-up with the way his comments regarding the Blues were supposedly misconstrued and has stated he’ll not help any journalist with a quote (unless they happen to be working for MUTV you suspect).
“You will never get any help out of me again,” he said, expletives removed, addressing football writers who had flown to Denmark with his team for tonight’s Champions League game against Aalborg.
Ferguson was addressing a grudge he had stored up since United’s pre-season trip to South Africa, when he gave an interview in which he highlighted the number of players at Chelsea who were aged 30 and above and questioned how much improvement could be expected of a team that age. He was angry when this was reported in several newspapers as him talking of Chelsea as an “old team”.
“I gave you access in South Africa and I shouldn’t have given you access,” he said. “It won’t happen again. From now on, no matter how many miles you travel to get an interview, you won’t get one.”
Goodness me, talk about being touchy. Perhaps it’s a sore point because the comments he made had little to no validity, especially if the Manchester United manager continues to play the likes of Edwin Van der Sar, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Is he right to fly off the handle like this or should we expect nothing more from this bully of a man?